Read more here, and here. They’re easy to visit: From Park Slope/areas near Atlantic, hop on the B63 bus and take it to its end at the Brooklyn Bridge Piers. If you walk north along the piers you’ll pass the watertower in not too much time (look back toward the highway). The stained glass house is up by the Jane Carousel, on the northern side of the park between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge.
It’s been a long time since I lived somewhere that got hit by a hurricane—perhaps when Floyd made landfall in Philly? (I remember being let out of work early and running home through one of the hardest deluges I’d ever been in.) Growing up we had our share of scary typhoons (Hugo comes to mind), and even one or two when I was in high school in Maryland (Bertha!). But this was the first since living at a southern edge of Brooklyn in an apartment with windows that face out onto a highway and many small buildings–that is, allowing wind to pummel us full force.